People Watching People

This image is typical of my most lasting impression of the Durbar Squares in Kathmandu. At every square, the top tier of every monument was occupied by people, primarily locals, watching the steady stream of people walking through the square. Where possible, I, too, took a seat and watched with amusement the incredible variety of…

Intense Pink

This woman in her striking pink and black garments walked into Kathmandu Durbar Square with her young child. She watched over the child as she went to stand near the flocks of pigeons. I never tire of the amazing and varied colors women in this part of the world wear on a daily basis. The colors…

Silent Orange

This man stood in Kathmandu Durbar Square barely moving, rarely speaking. Pretty much his only movements came when someone dropped an offering into his silver bowl. What I liked about his style is that he did not hound people and beg. He simply stood still and waited and waited and waited. It had to take…

Heavy Loads

The Nepalese are known for their Sherpas without whom none of the Westerners that conquered the great peaks of the Himalayas would have successfully completed their quests. It’s the Sherpas that transport the heavy loads allowing the climbers to conserve energy for the final push to the summit. One way they carry the goods, is…

Nepalese Hat

The men of Nepal are commonly seen in their traditional headwear. It is not ubiquitous but it is fairly common particularly amongst the older generations. I wonder at the purpose behind these hats because they don’t shade the eyes from the sun and they don’t seem to cover enough of the head to provide warmth.…

Nepalese Flower Girl

In Kathmandu Durbar Square is a narrow lane flanked on one side by a man selling dried fish and on the other a monument. The flower women sit on the first level of the monument and sell flowers. The flowers are used as offerings for the gods. Normally, they are strung together to form a necklace which is…

Nepali Child

While people watching in Bhaktapur Durbar Square from one of the monuments, I noticed a little girl and her mother sitting fairly close to me. I love interacting with little children. Their innocence is refreshing in an adult world that has been jaded by challenging life experiences. With some encouragement from the mother, the child…